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Liga MX W2W4: Cruz Azul vs. Santos stands out amid clasicos

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Santos-Independiente Copa Libertadores match abandoned after fan disturbance

SAO PAULO -- Santos fans threw fireworks at the Independiente bench and tried to invade the field during Tuesday's Copa Libertadores match, forcing the referee to abandon the game with just minutes remaining in a 0-0 draw.

The result means that Independiente, who earlier in the day were awarded a 3-0 first-leg win after Santos were adjudged to have used an ineligible player, qualified for the quarterfinals of South America's premier club competition.

Tuesday's game at the Pacaembu stadium was drifting...

Liga MX W2W4: Cruz Azul vs. Santos stands out amid weekend of clasicos

Cruz Azul are unbeaten through six games but will they remain so after a daunting trip to fellow surprise Santos Laguna.
Unbeaten Cruz Azul face a tough task this weekend with an away date at third-place Santos Laguna.

Matchweek 7 of the 2018-19 Liga MX Apertura promises to be one of the best yet, with both the Clasico Capitalino and Clasico Tapatio on the docket. Here are the games and storylines our Liga MX correspondents Tom Marshall, Cesar Hernandez and Eric Gomez are looking forward to this weekend in Mexico.

Cruz Azul vs. Santos Laguna

Cruz Azul will attempt to keep its undefeated start to the 2018 Apertura rolling at Santos Laguna on Sunday in what has been Liga MX's most difficult away trip...

Copa Libertadores clash between Independiente, Santos short on history so far

Independiente of Argentina and Santos of Brazil are names that are synonymous with the Copa Libertadores, South America's Champions League. With Pele in his prime, Santos won the third and fourth versions of the tournament in 1962 and '63. The following year, with Pele injured, they fell to Independiente in the semifinals. The Argentines went on to lift the trophy, successfully defended it the following year and have won on a record seven occasions.

Those good times, though, are in the past. Independiente's...

Portland Timbers reacquire Jorge Villafana from Santos Laguna

The Portland Timbers are climbing up the Western Conference as they match a club record of 15-straight unbeaten games.

The Portland Timbers have announced that they reacquired U.S. international defender Jorge Villafana from Liga MX side Santos Laguna. was the first to report the move.

Portland sent $175,000 of targeted and general allocation money to the LA Galaxy in exchange for the top spot in the allocation order to make the move. Villafana was subject to the allocation order due to the fact that the Timbers received a transfer fee greater than $500,000 when the defender was sent to Santos after...


Pele: Clubs in Europe, Japan and Mexico wanted me after retirement

Pele was carried off the field following his final match as a player.

Brazil legend Pele has revealed he received offers from Europe, Japan and Mexico following his 1977 retirement with the New York Cosmos, but he decided "to retire on top."

Oct. 1 marked the 40th anniversary of Pele's retirement from football. He spent his last three years in activity with the Cosmos of the North American Soccer League after being lured from Santos, the only club he'd played for in his career.

On that date, Pele scored and played for both sides in a friendly between the Cosmos and...